In retrospect, I probably should have had this ready to post a few weeks ago on May the Fourth.
Well, in complete honesty, it should have been up a few months ago, but hey, what are ya gonna do? Life happens, amiright? Let’s just pretend that I completely intended to post it on the weekend that Solo came out.
Speaking of which, Disney and Lucasfilm really dropped the ball on that one. They could totally have released Solo on May 4th, since that was a Friday. Release a Star Wars movie on Star Wars Day? I’m tellin’ ya, missed opportunity!
Anyway, back to the point…
Over the Christmas holiday I put up a pretty garland in my hobbit hole (windowless basement family room) with lots of sparkly red decorations. I had bought the greenery a few years ago but never actually put it up until last Christmas, and after the holidays were over, I didn’t really want to take it down. It took a long time to get it all fluffed up and looking pretty!
So I brainstormed what I could put up instead. Knowing me, and the room it was hanging in, of course it had to be something geeky.
I picked up a bunch of Star Wars ornaments on clearance after Christmas, thinking I could incorporate them into the garland somehow. A couple of them were also gifted to me.
I also picked up this very large, sparkly, round plastic ornament.
Bet you can guess where this is headed. 😉
Not wanting all the texture from the glitter on my ball, I experimented a bit and figured out that felt scraps soaked in 100% acetone took the glitter off fairly easily.
After much time, elbow grease, and fumes, the ornament was nice and smooth. I also used acetone to take the gold off the hanger so it would match the rest of the ball when it was done.
A couple base coats of gray paint later and it’s starting to resemble something out of Star Wars.
After the base coat was dry, I added the equator trench in paint. Now remember, this is all done freehand so it’s definitely not going to be perfect! I pulled up a couple images of the original Death Star on my computer and sketched out in pencil all the sections to paint darker. And then, of course, I painted them!
I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I know it’s not 3D with a divot for the laser dish, but I still like it. When I got the paint job this far, it was still pretty cold out, so I hung it up without a final sealant coat. Now that it’s nice out, I need to give it a spray coat of sealer so the paint doesn’t scratch off it. Nothing is touching it when it’s hanging up with the garland, so I figured it was safe until it warmed up.
I needed something else to decorate the garland with besides just the Death Star and the ornaments I picked up, so I cut out some rebel and empire symbols from sparkly cardstock. I wasn’t sure how the Cricut would cut glitter cardstock, so I just printed out patterns and traced them on the back of the cardstock, then cut them out by hand. All the little pieces from the middle of the empire symbols were cut with an exacto knife. That took a while. But I love the sparkle that the symbols add to the garland.
And last, but not least, I also got myself the Star Wars Lego Advent calendar in December. I pulled out the ships from the different builds to put on the garland.
Everything is attached to the garland with floral wire, except the Death Star, which is hanging on the hook in the ceiling that is holding the swag. One half is Empire, the other half is Rebellion. I thought about mixing them, but decided I liked the divided look better.
And now one of my favorite fandoms hangs above my television so I get to admire it whenever I’m binging another series on Netflix.